What is Living Amped?
Living Amped is dedicated to helping educated, encourage and motivate others in the benefit of leading a healthy lifestyle, by providing beneficial and essential coaching to those looking to create the life they desire.
Health: Without our health we are nothing. We must take care of our body, it’s the only one we have!
Integrity: Sustain your integrity with not only others, but with yourself as well.
Happiness: If it doesn’t make you happy in some form or fashion, you might want to rethink it.
Communication: Maintain open communication with everyone. If we don’t communicate then chances are we are just treading water.
Positive Mental Attitude: Don’t get out of bed unless you have it.
Family/Relationships: These people are going to be your accountability partners. Choose wisely. Make sure they want nothing but the best for you in everything you do.
Community: Make sure you are surrounding yourself with those that drive you to be better.
Balance: As humans, we are constantly in “go mode”. It is important that we find balance in our life.
The name “Living Amped” means to live your life BIG!! What are you doing to live life to its fullest? Are you just going through a boring routine or are you LIVING AMPED? Are you getting outside your comfort zone regularly? Are you taking chances? What are you doing to take advantage of all that is out there?
How do I become a Personal Trainer?
Make sure you go through a Nationally recognized company to get certified. Some of your top name ones are:
CSCS. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist — CSCS — offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (nsca-lift.org) is one of the most recognized personal trainer certifications in the fitness industry. It is also one of the most difficult certifications to earn and requires a 4-year college degree. The CSCS is commonly earned by strength coaches or personal trainers working with athletes.
ACE. The American Council on Exercise (acefitness.org) offers various health and fitness certifications and their general personal trainer certification is considered one of the best. ACE offers a 2-day workshop to help you study and prepare for the certification examination. You must recertify every two years to remain ACE personal trainer certified.
NASM. Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (nasm.org) has been a leader in the sports and fitness industry. To become an NASM certified personal trainer, you must be at least 18-years old, CPR certified and successfully pass a two hour examination with 120 questions. You must recertify every two years and can add various specialty certifications based on your clientele.
ACSM. The American College of Sports Medicine (acsm.org) was created in 1954 and offers one of the top personal trainer certifications. The accredited certification program requires a high school diploma and CPR certification to take the 125 to 150 question examination. After earning the certification, you must recertify every three years.
NSCA-CPT. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (nsca-lift.org) started offering the Certified Personal Trainer — NSCA-CPT — certification in 1993 and is considered one of the most challenging examinations. The prerequisites for taking the NSCA-CPT test include at least 18-years old and CPR certified allowing college students to work as a certified personal trainer as they study health and fitness.
AFPA. The American Fitness Professionals and Associates (afpafitness.com) personal trainer certification uses current exercise science, sports medicine and nutrition research in the certification program. The AFPA doesn’t require any prerequisites for earning the certification which makes it one of the easiest accredited certifications to obtain. You can also add various specialty certifications from the AFPA to your personal trainer certification.
NFPT. Created in 1988, the National Federation of Professional Trainers (nfpt.com) personal training certification is accredited by NCCA and widely recognized as one of the best personal trainer certifications. You must have a high school diploma, be at least 18 years old and have at least two years of fitness experience before taking the NFPT certification examination. You must also recertify every year to maintain the certification.
NESTA. The National Endurance and Sports Trainers Association (nestacertified.com) personal training certification started in 1992 and grew rapidly to have certified trainers in more than 20 countries. You must be at least 16 years old, have good reading skills and have basic fitness experience to take the NESTA certification examination. You must recertify every four years to maintain the certification.
IFPA. Offering a total of more than 70 certifications, the International Fitness Professionals Association (ifpa-fitness.com) personal trainer certification gives you the knowledge, skills and abilities to be a successful personal trainer. You must be at least 18 years old, have a current CPR certification and a high school diploma to take the IFPA personal trainer certification. You can attend a workshop to study and prepare for the 100 question examination and you must recertify every two years.
Cooper Institute. Established by Kenneth Cooper, M.D., the Cooper Institute (cooperinstitute.org) is a nonprofit research and education organization for medicine and health. The Cooper Institute also offers the certified personal trainer examination that is recognized as one of the best certifications. You must be at least 18 years old with a current CPR certification to take the Cooper Institute exam.
The above was taken from THIS article.
What should I eat?
In my nutrition program we talk about 3 different “levels” of eating. Whatever you do, you just have to do it consistently. I suggest athletes give a new nutrition program a good 3 weeks before making changes.
- Level1. Start with eating real food. Don’t worry about how much, just eat real food. Did it come in a box? Don’t eat it. Did it come from the ground or a farm, enjoy! Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the isles (unless its the bulk section). You can still get great results here, promise!
- Level 2. Maybe you want to dial it in more, but are not ready to pull out a scale or measuring cups, you can use your hand as a measuring tool. Precision Nutrition, whom I’m certified through, offers a great infographic to explain this. You can find that HERE.
- Level 3. This is where the term “macro” comes in. Here is where people start counting macros; proteins, fats and carbs. How much of each they are allotted based on a few different measurements. It is highly suggested that you meet with a nutrition coach to help you figure out your macro count and to hold you accountable. This Coach can make educated decision on how and when to change your macros.
What supplements should I take?
If you were going to pick 1 supplement to take, I would say hands down, fish oil. According to Precision Nutrition, “the minimum recommended EPA and DHA intake intake is 900mg per day, but the average North American gets only 300mg per day, 1/3 of what’s necessary for good health. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, EPA and DHA are the healthy fats present only in fish oils. And that’s where fish oil supplements come in’. “For coaching clients without contraindications, we generally start with 1g of total fish oil per % body fat for 2 weeks. Then we have them cut back to ½ g total fish oil per % body fat for a few more weeks. Then we cut back from there as necessary.”
My next suggestion would be a protein shake, again, Precision Nutrition states that “an exercising individuals are advised to consume 1g of protein per pound of body weight; nevertheless, most women only get 80 to 100g of protein per day, while most men get only 110 to 130g protein per day. And that’s where the protein supplements come in”. Protein shakes are a supplement not a meal replacement. I encourage my athletes to have a shake on the way to breakfast/dinner NOT for breakfast/dinner. Consume it immediately following exercise.
There are a ton more supplements out there, but don’t worry about them until you have the basics down. Start here then move forward.
How do I get a six pack?
They are not lying when they say, “abs are made in the kitchen”….that and squats. You must be consistent with whatever program/path you chose. Give it time. Don’t give up on something after a week because you didn’t see results. I would also recommend documenting/journaling as you go.
How can I learn ASL without going to an actual class?
There are numerous of sites that will help you but my favorite is Life Print. The teacher, Bill, is pretty funny and makes it easy to learn. He also has a Youtube channel…one video a day. You can alway start with the alphabet then move to number and then to colors. Fingerspelling works wonders.
Who are your products for?
My products are mainly geared for Coaches and Personal Trainers to use with their clients. Many don’t see what goes on outside of class and the amount behind the scene hours that Trainers/Coaches put into programming classes; it is a lot incase you are wondering. Trainers/Coaches, want to give you back your time. I want you to spend more time working on building your relationship with your clients, or hanging out with your family, or just enjoying some down time versus spending hours programing. Let me do that for you, I know exactly where you are coming from. I have experience and qualifications and your athletes are in good hands, I promise.
The products can be used by any individuals with a home gym or “equipment”. Individuals who are looking for some guidance in a fitness routine. There are movement videos to all movements (under tools) and the outline is simple and easy to read. I even provide you with a log sheet to record your times for the different workouts.